Welcome! If you're like most readers, you're probably here because you want to know if it's possible to correct flat feet. I was asking the same question several years ago when I started this website.
My name is James Speck and I created this site as part of a project to see if it was possible to cure flat feet with arch strengthening exercises. After several months of doing exercises regularly, I was able to build normal arches in my previously flat feet. To give you an idea of how the shape of my foot changed here is a comparison of footprints from before and after.
The Exercise Program
I tested out lots of exercises during this process to find out which ones were the most effective. The initial plan was to spend 10-15 minutes a day working on exercises specifically for my feet. The exercises in my routine changed a lot as I learned which ones were helping the most. Click below to see some of the basic exercises in the program.
Check Out My Results
Once a week during the project I made footprints like the ones above, took weekly measurements of the footprints to calculate something called the Arch Index, and also took pictures of my arches to track my progress.
After 10 weeks my feet were no longer flat based on the arch measurements. To see more of my before and after comparisons, click here.
During the first few months of the project, I wrote weekly blog posts about my journey towards better arches. Those posts can be found in the Weekly Update Archive.
Throughout the site, you'll see links to pages about what I consider important contributing factors to flat feet and overpronation. Something I learned early on while trying to make changes to the shape of my arch is that the problem involved more than just the foot. The collapse of the arch is often the result of a combination of factors throughout the legs, hips, and back.
On the blog you'll find articles on a range of flat feet related topics. I hope this site proves to be a valuable resource for anyone dealing with flat feet and overpronation.